5 Ways To Spend Valentine's Day in Seoul

In Korea, February 14th is reserved for the ladies, so the guys will have to cope...


By Anthony Baber for My Destination Seoul
 
If there’s one holiday that’s universally recognized as being for lovers, it’s
Valentine’s Day.
 
Fully equipped with long-stem roses, boxes of chocolate and hearts on everything, whether you like it or not, you’ll see the changes in your environment.
 
In Korea, February 14th is reserved for the ladies, so the guys will have to cope with the pressure of creating the best date ever. If you’re a gentleman who finds the responsibility unfair, just remember that next month is White Day and the tables are turned on the girls.
 
But in the meantime, whether you love it, hate it, or just think it’s a slick ploy by the greeting card industry and chocolate companies to empty your pockets, here are some great ways to spend Valentine’s Day...
Valentine
Nothing quite says “I love you” like freshly baked treats, and sometimes the store-bough desserts are just too impersonal.
 
For those who are fortunate enough to have an oven in their home, it can be a bit difficult to find the right cooking utensils and equipment for your Valentine’s plans.
 
One place where you can find everything, from big mixing bowls to cookie cutters shaped as hearts, is Bangsan Baking Street, go shop till you drop, we promise you, you won't return empty handed!
 
Bangsan Baking Street is renowned for its extensive collection of shops and bakeries selling thousands of baking items.
 
So before you buy a mixed box of chocolate at the nearest convenience store, go find someone with an oven and make something sweet.
 
Location: 18-1 Euljiro 33-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Bangsan Baking Street
Have you ever wondered what it would look like to see former United States President Richard M. Nixon leaping into the air, fighting the urge to smile?
 
Well, you probably haven’t, but now I bet you’re really interested in seeing it. Photo Exhibitions are always a great date idea or even a fun way to spend the day with friends.
 
For a limited time, you can see images shot by American photographer Philippe Halsman, showcasing well-known figures of the 20th Salvador Dali, Winston Churchill and Marilyn Monroe, in three sections: 'Jumping, Dreaming and Love'.
 
This exhibition explores a range of vivid emotions and pure imagination that one might never imagine seeing, but absolutely must.
 
Cost of admission is 12,000 won for adults and 10,000 won for students until Sunday, Feb. 23rd.
 
Location: 175, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul
 
Check out their website for more info and images.
Jumping! With Love
Going to the movies is a staple of first date activities, but if you’re really trying to 
impress someone, you’ve got to think bigger...
 
Unless you’ve been locked in a dark room for a few months, with no phone, computer or television, you’re aware that the internationally famous musical production, Mamma Mia! is in Seoul.
 
Featuring a talented cast of British performers singing the some of ABBA’s greatest songs, the show has been going on since November. However, if you haven’t found an excuse to check out this amazing show, there’s no better time than now.
 
What could be more romantic than a young woman trying to figure out which of her mother’s three former lovers is her actual father?
 
Tickets range from 40,000 to 150,000 won and include a 20% foreigner discount.
 
Location: Blue Square- 294 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Musical Mamma Mia
No romantic evening is complete without dinner, and if you’re not particularly adept  at cooking, let the professionals do it for you.
 
Restaurant Gaia is a newer business that is becoming respected and appreciated by people all over Seoul. Located in the trendy end of Itaewon, in Yongsan-gu, the restaurant boasts an amazing menu of European dishes, including excellently prepared steaks.
 
Gaia boasts a comfortable and romantic  atmosphere with live musical entertainment and relaxing décor.
 
On Valentine's Day, Gaia is offering a special menu to create a magical evening for customers. Be sure to cap your meal off with their incredible tiramisu and your choice of wine.
 
Go now and get in before it’s too late!
 
Location: 683-141 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu Seoul
Restaurant Gaia
No one should have to spend V-Day on their own, but don’t let that be an excuse for being a third wheel on some other couple’s date.
 
So if all your friends or busy, this is a perfect chance to make new and lovable friends. Seoul is café crazy and the city boasts a number of cat cafés, dog cafés and even a sheep café!
 
A great place to get some unconditional affection is Caffe Pawz in Gangnam. You’ll find a wide-range of fun-loving canines and canine-lovers enjoying hot drinks and treats.
 
The owner and staff are very friendly English-speakers and you’ll also meet the different breeds brought in by patrons of the café, so if you don’t have any plans for Friday, run over to Caffe Pawz.
 
Location: 834-8 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Caffe Pawz